Readers Write: GOP shares blame for country’s fiscal woes


Sometimes I wonder why I even bother writing about politics anymore. Does it really matter which party is in power?  

Every Democrat I know, seems to believe:

1 – that a large permanent welfare class must exist because so many Americans can’t get along without the government taking care of every facet of their lives.

2 – our huge national debt doesn’t require any immediate attention.

3 – we must look to Washington, not to the private sector or to the individual, to solve society’s ills.

4 – raising our taxes is the best method to finance every “feel-good”, entitlement program.

5 – government programs should always be expanded, never reevaluated and must have an unlimited budget.

Wow ! That’s quite a political philosophy.

Now don’t get so smug, all you Republicans.

You are just as bad. It wasn’t such a short time ago when we actually fell for your party line. You told us you were going to:

1 – repeal Obamacare (or at least fix it),

2 – close our borders,

3 – reduce the size of government,

4 -lower our taxes   and

5 – balance the budget.  

What happened when you took control of both the House and Senate? 

Absolutely nothing! Business as usual. And please stop sending me requests for a contribution until you fulfill some of your campaign promises.

Both parties have created an out-of-control, socialistic, welfare state.

1 – 45.7 million Americans presently receive food stamps. That’s more than the entire state of California.

2 – 110 million people are on welfare! That’s approximately the entire population of England and France combined.

3 – The federal debt will be $20 trillion dollars by the end of Obama’s 2nd term in office. President Obama and Congress added more to the national debt than all the previous presidential administrations combined! 

And finally,

4 – There are now 11 million people receiving Social Security disability payments.

I know that disability payments should be the last ones cut. This group is the most vulnerable and probably needs government help more than anyone else. 

So it’s more egregious when there is so very little government oversight.

The trustees overseeing Social Security just announced that the Disability Trust Fund will run out of money in 2016 ! Got that?  

That’s not a misprint. 2016 is next year ! Do you believe that? And, it would automatically trigger a 19 percent cut in benefits.

The Democrat’s answer: increase the debt or raise our taxes some more to pay for it.

And The Republicans? 

They offer us no realistic plan to reform this program and still seem content on blaming the Democrats for creating the financial nightmare in the first place. Come up with a solution? With this Congress? 

Not in my lifetime!!

You all know what’s going to happen. Our “friends” in Washington will somehow come up with more of our money to pay for it.

The bottom line is that every politician’s goal is not to do the next right thing, but to do what ever it takes to get re-elected and not be in office when the system finally collapses.

How big is this mess?

1 – Medicare and Social Security presently account for 40 percent of the entire federal budget.

2 – The Social Security Retirement Fund only has enough money to pay full benefits for the next 20 years. The longer we wait, the harder it will be to correct.

3 – Medicare is adding 10,000 new beneficiaries a day. That’s a day.

4 –  60 million people presently receive Social Security benefits.

5 – 42 million people on Social Security are retired workers and their dependents.

6 – 11 million recipients are disabled workers

7- 55 million retirees and disabled get Medicare.

Wake up America.

Stop criticizing the economic malpractice in Greece or Brazil or Spain or Italy or Puerto Rico. 

Just look at a mirror yourself. Both Democrats and the Republicans are responsible for the mess we are in. Got it? Both of them.

Our only hope is to elect a Washington outsider not dependent on lobbyists money, like Donald Trump, who will not accept the concept of “business as usual”.

How can anyone in their right mind, even consider Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders at such a critical time in our history.

Dr. Stephen Morris

North Hills


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